"No place for Dhawan"- Ex-IND cricketer urges BCCI to take tough decision ahead of ODI WC
More than the win, the way India made a strong statement ahead of the start of the Test series will give them confidence. However, Ishan Kishan also made a strong statement to the management about his place in the team. Notably, the left-hander is not part of India's regular playing XI in ODIs.
But the injury to skipper Rohit Sharma forced the management to pick him in the team as an opener. But the way he has performed has made the Indian management think about having him in the team. Ishan scored the fastest ODI double century off just 126 balls.
He smashed 210 runs off 131 balls, including 24 boundaries and 10 sixes, and added a 290-run partnership with Virat Kohli for the second wicket to help India reach a huge total of 409/8. Virat also brought up his 44th ODI century and made 113 runs.
Meanwhile, veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan registered his third consecutive low score in the series and got out after scoring just 3 runs off 8 balls. And now, with Ishan Kishan scoring a double century, it will put pressure on Dhawan for his place in the team.
Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim reckons that it's time for India to think about the role of Shikhar Dhawan. In a discussion on Sony Sports, Saba was asked about India's plan for Dhawan with the ODI World Cup coming up.
Saba replied that if India is looking for a total of 275–300, then Dhawan can be in the plan, but if they are planning to go past 300 or 325, then Dhawan doesn't make into the team. He also stated that if you are thinking that the left-hander will score big centuries at a strike rate of 130-140, it will not be possible.
He said, "It will depend on management. If we have decided that our par score will be 325-350, there is no place for Dhawan. So a lot will depend on selectors. If you expect Dhawan will play a big knock at a strike rate of 130-140 in. 350-run game, it is not going to happen."